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Celebrating The Sacred Feminine

October 28, 2006

Samhain, the holy day of the Ancestors, is observed from sundown October 31 through November 1. Samhain honors the dark Divine Feminine, the “dark half” of the year, marks the onset of winter, and is the Celtic New Year.

As a time when one cycle ends and a new one begins, Celtic tradition teaches that the veil separating the manifest world from the supernal realms is particularly thin and open during Samhain. In consequence to the “break” in the flow of time, Samhain is an opportunity for profound mystical transformation. Like Lag B’Omer, mystical bonfires have a role in the observance of Samhain.

The word Samhain derives from the Proto-Celtic word samani, which means “assembly” (cognate to Sanskrit sámana). [1] The Hebrew equivalent to Samhain is the word כינוס from the root כנס meaning “assembling”, “gathering” and “bringing together”. This root is found in Tehilim 147:2

“The L-rd rebuilds Jerusalem; She gathers in the exiles of Israel.”

:בונה ירושלם יהוה; נדחי ישראל יכנס

The first word in this pasuk is “boneh” בונה from the same root as Binah, a feminine sefirah of the “dark” left emanantion. Literally, the first part of this pasuk reads like a command “build Jerusalem Hashem!” The Divine She is She who commands it be done.

Thus, the secret of Samhain, a holy day of proto-Celtic origin, is mystically connected to the commands to rebuild Jerusalem and to ingather the exiles. Moreover, these commands are directly related to the “dark” Divine Feminine principle, which indeed, Samhain celebrates.

Also, given the bonfire connection to both Lag B’Omer and Samhain, and where Lag B’Omer is called the “Scholars’ Festival” (pertaining to men), I hereby dedicate Samhain to be the “Scholars’ Festival” (pertaining to women).

Footnote:

[1] W. Stokes in KZ 40:245 (1907), see here

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Akkadian Names Of Jewish Months

October 23, 2006

I don’t want to lose track of this information provided on the Akkadian names [1] of the Jewish months by Fred at On The Main Line:

Nisanu…………………………….Nisan
Ayaru……………………………..Iyar
Simanu……………………………Sivan
Tamuzu…………………………..Tamuz
Abu……………………………….Av
Ululu………………………………Elul
Tashritu…………………………Tishrei
Varahshamnu…………………..Marheshvan
Kislimu…………………………..Kislev
Shabatu…………………………Tevet
Tebetu………………………….Shevat
Adaru…………………………….Adar

Fred also writes: “As can be plainly seen from the list, the consonants /m/ interchange with /b/ or /v/ (and those with /y/).”

Footnote:

[1] “The Fifth-Century Jewish Calendar at Elephantine” by S. H. Horn; L. H. Wood, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1. (Jan., 1954), pp. 1-20.

more on the akkadian origin of cheshvan at DovBear

Sod Ha-Ibbur & Infusion Of The Messianic Soul

September 14, 2006

אמר ר’ נחוניא בן הקנה כתוב אחד אומר
Bahir line 1

There are 27 כז hebrew letters in the first kav of the first pasuk of Sefer Bahir. With the missing letter beit ב in the word (‘ר) rav רב included, there are 28 כח (koach) letters.

From this we can see that the power to actualize the potential כ hidden in Sefer Bahir rests with the “woman of valor”, through the letter zayin ז.

She carries the “power” (koach) to build the house ב which completes the line.

27 is also the gematria of:

א hatovah הטובה
מ pure זך
ר will be glorified אכבד

Multiplied together (b’koach) through these 3 equivalences (27 X 3), אף (anger) is (through the 4-headed shin of binah) doubly transformed (= 81) into the ability to designate the time [1,2] כסא (sod ha-ibbur) from the throne of glory הנכבד, drawing the light of atzilut down into created reality. In other words, in the first line of Sefer Bahir, we also find a woman’s power to actualize the bestowal and infusion of the messianic soul upon and into her husband.

Footnotes:

[1] the shoresh כסא carries the meaning “designating time”

[2] sod ha-ibbur, in addition to referring to Divine emanation, refers to the intercalation of time as per the hebrew calendar